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Where do we draw the line?

During these trying times of chaos,  political and social unrest, it seems so very difficult to walk in the ‘Light’ and be in Peace.  For those of us trying to find our path and stay on that pathway of peace and being centered on whatever the beliefs we may hold, seems to be getting more difficult. We are finding out what we really hold true and adhere to is presently going through probably the hardest challenges ever. One of the sayings I have heard to describe this is that a good sailor is not made by quite waters but by navigating the storm. I am finding the more I move towards being centered on the life choices of harmony and peace, trying to have compassion for all people and situations, the more self-refection I must go through. Is this ‘problem’ a problem or is it only my emotional response to the problem? When do we say enough is enough? Or are we meant to become so ego-less that we yield to everything? Do we ever just say no?  I’m trying to understand what Marcus Aurelius said; “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”.  What standard of harmony do we look at to be able to revoke this matter? Is there ever a level we should consider we are being compromised? If we look to the example of Yeshua, there were many times when they came to kill him but he said “now is not the appointed time”, but when the ‘appointed time’ came he yielded to them. How do we discern the ‘appointed time’ or where to draw the line? It seems each time I get to where I think the line should be drawn, after soulful contemplation of the issue at hand, the line moves farther out. Anyone else struggling with these thoughts?  Just curious.  Be Well, Be Peace.

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